Neonatal Critical Care Communication (NC3): Training NICU physicians and nurse practitioners

R. D. Boss, A. Urban, M. D. Barnett, R. M. Arnold

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Objective:Communicating with families is a core skill for neonatal clinicians, yet formal communication training rarely occurs. This study examined the impact of an intensive interprofessional communication training for neonatology fellows and nurse practitioners.Study Design:Evidence-based, interactive training for common communication challenges in neonatology incorporated didactic sessions, role-plays and reflective exercises. Participants completed surveys before, after, and one month following the training.Result:Five neonatology fellows and eight nurse practitioners participated (n=13). Before the training, participants overall felt somewhat prepared (2.6 on 5 point Likert-type scale) to engage in core communication challenges; afterwards, participants overall felt very well prepared (4.5 on Likert-type scale) (P<0.05). One month later, participants reported frequently practicing the taught skills and felt quite willing to engage in difficult conversations.Conclusion:An intensive communication training program increased neonatology clinicians' self-perceived competence to face communication challenges which commonly occur, but for which training is rarely provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-646
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • communication
  • critically ill
  • medical education
  • neonatal resuscitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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